once in a blue moon

once in a blue moon

Meaning

  • very rarely
  • once after a long time
  • something that happens very seldom
  • on rare occasions
  • almost never

Example Sentences

  1. The earthquakes hits once in a blue moon in this part of the earth, we never felt it.
  2. I don’t know why she bought that music system – she use it once in a blue moon.
  3. “I think my grandson doesn’t loves me anymore, he comes to see me only once in a blue moon.”
  4. My Dad is working in Scotland and he visit home once in a blue moon since couple of years.
  5. Though, I trust in God very much, but I visit that famous temple only once in a blue moon.

Origin

The concept behind the origination of this idiom is second but rare appearance of the full moon in same month. Blue moon is the full moon that appears second time in same calendar month and this phenomenon happens only once in 32 months. Apart from that, sometime the full moon appears to be different in colour specially blue and orange and bigger in size.

This idiomatic expression is in use since 1800s.


Once in a blue moon idiom

  • Once in a blue moon meaning with example sentences
  • Origin of the idiomatic phrase once in a blue moon
  • Synonyms of once in a blue moon idiom

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17 Comments

AuthorNisha writes on 8th October 2017

I cook food once in blue moon

AuthorMohan writes on 25th September 2017

I check the meaning of once in a blue moon and I found it here. thanks.

AuthorHan writes on 3rd September 2017

I go to parties once in a blue moon 🌌🌚

AuthorNandini writes on 15th July 2017

It is nice.

Terrorists attacks once in a blue moon.
Politicians, any officers do their duty perfectly once in a blue moon.

AuthorJegan writes on 6th July 2017

My uncle visited in our home very often, but I go to his house once in a blue moon.

AuthorJegan writes on 6th July 2017

I go to my grandmother guest house once in a blue moon.

AuthorSushil writes on 26th April 2017

I joined spoken English class but I go to class once in a blue moon.

AuthorShailendra writes on 25th March 2017

I play online games like once in a blue moon.

AuthorJharna writes on 18th March 2017

Very nice answers and comments about this.

AuthorShanthi writes on 16th February 2017

I think about future once in a blue moon.

AuthorMuniasamy Samy writes on 12th February 2017

Nice, add more idioms.

AuthorSandy writes on 25th January 2017

I watch SRK Khan’s movie once in a blue moon.

AuthorRich writes on 19th December 2016

I upload videos on YouTube, not very often but once in a blue moon. I found this video on YouTube about this phrase, its usage and origin…

AuthorAxel writes on 28th November 2016

Nice

AuthorSharon writes on 5th November 2015

Once in a blue moon i go to the movie theater

AuthorWawa Khan writes on 26th May 2016

Oh thank you.

AuthorAxel writes on 28th November 2016

That is a cool one great job.

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